As Windows gets safer, old vulnerabilities still have bite

Putting sophisticated hackers aside, having systems on your network vulnerable to aged and well-worn exploits also makes your organization a target to the much larger population of opportunistic attackers, as well,” said Matt Dean, the chief operating officer at the security firm FireMon. “Many of the attacks we see are more about (attackers) finding things that can be exploited, and that they know how to exploit than they are about targeting a specific company,” he said.